Research, Experiential and Learning Opportunities for underrepresented students in biological and agricultural engineering

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Explore Research at California State University, Bakersfield.

Research opportunities exist in engineering (agriculture, water and energy).

When: January 27 – May 20, 2017-2020

Program features:

  • Valuable research experience in the labs of our faculty mentors
  • Professional development sessions
  • Site visits to local industry
  • $1,500 stipend for 15 weeks

Selection criteria:

  • Major related to the food and agricultural sciences (e.g. ag engineering emphasis) (30%)
  • Hispanic or underrepresented student (20%)
  • Female (20%)
  • Essay indicating interest in food and agricultural sciences/Desire to pursue a career at USDA or in food and agricultural sciences (10%)
  • Leadership activities and community service (10%)
  • G.P.A. (10%)


  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be attending a public or other non-profit Hispanic-Serving Institution

Application deadline: December 31

Application forms should be submitted before December 31 and consist of the following materials:

  • Personal information: name, email, phone number, gender, Hispanic-underrepresented etc.
  • A statement of purpose describing what you hope to gain by participating in this RELO program, your career interest, etc. (Essay indicating interest in food and agricultural sciences)
  • An unofficial transcript reflecting your entire college career (copies or scans are fine as long as they are readable)
  • GPA and anticipated major (priority to students with interest in food and agricultural engineering)
  • Short bio or CV

Submit your application package via email to